Welcome to The Duke Ellington Society (TDES, Inc.)
The Duke Ellington Society (TDES, Inc.) celebrates the life, music and rich legacy of composer, bandleader, and pianist Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington – one of the most important figures in the history of American music. Duke Ellington is a giant of 20th century music and his influence reaches into every area of American musical life. The New York Times called him “America’s greatest composer,” and his music exemplifies the description he gave to those who excel—“beyond category.” He has been the most important foundation for modern American music.
TDES seeks to further an appreciation and understanding of Ellington’s music among all people. TDES members are fans, musicians, researchers, scholars, writers – anyone who has an interest in Duke Ellington and his long-time collaborator, composer, arranger and orchestrator, Billy Strayhorn.
Looking to buy Duke Ellington books, audio or video? Click here for links to purchase from Amazon and benefit TDES.
Nathan Irving "Nat" Hentoff June 10, 1925 – January 7, 2017. Nat Hentoff was a jazz historian and critic, writer, novelist and a proponent of civil liberties. He considered Duke Ellington his mentor. Here are two columns by Hentoff on Duke: in Jazz Times and the WSJ. Read about Hentoff's remarkable life and career here and here.
THE NEXT MEETING
OF THE DUKE ELLINGTON SOCIETY
THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2017
Spend an illuminating evening
with Rufus Reid, bassist
The Duke Ellington Society’s monthly meetings, are the perfect place to discover the timeless genius of Duke Ellington and enjoy his extraordinary legacy among like-minded friends. Our meetings are held monthly, from September to June, at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church, New York City.
“The more I’ve studied him, the more in awe I am of his genius, his perseverance,
his charm, his wit, his intelligence, his ability to create beauty and give great
pleasure to people.” Dr. John Edward Hasse, Curator of American Music, National
Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Ellington scholar
“At least one day out of the year all
musicians should just put their instruments down
and give thanks to Duke Ellington.”
Jazz legend Miles Davis